Tactics in strength training implies your approach has science. You strengthen all areas of your physiology with a plan. When you execute on that plan you experience a valuable win. Your brain, muscles, nervous system, and inner biology enjoy the efforts you invest. You are clear on your “why” to train. And your investment in the gym is paying off.

Is this you, or the you that will come when you find the right time and place to train? Here are the three tactical concepts in a productive training program.

  • Learn the skills.
  • Be dynamic with your priorities
  • Put consistent action behind your goals

The skills come from the world of action. In our experience a broad training with a good range of modalities works very well. It is important to remember that strength training is more than getting fit. You are developing functional strength. You are learning to move well. You are becoming an athlete in the broadest physical sense. The skills of physical training are tools that can assist you in a wide range of life tasks.

Avoid a major pitfall of the busy person. Schedule your training. Pick your top tasks for any given day and include training three times a week. If you are an insatiable gym goer it’s time to rethink your goals. If you are forty and above working with greater efficacy is better than working more. Invest time in your life. Invest time in recovery. Learn to work simple. Work fast. And work hard.

Going to the gym once a week is fruitless. It’s tantamount to failure and you will quit sooner than later. Begin with your “why.” Why do you train? Clarity will go further than hope. Then set a goal. Make it aggressive but achievable. And go to work. Be consistent. Pick a time that works. Collate your equipment. Be a little Spartan about it. Get hydrated. Mix your recovery drink. And go. Once you begin your warm up, any residual head trash you carry around with you will disappear.

We all need guidance and a push to get training programmed into our lives. I did at first. It took a few months of committed behavior to get the tactics in strength training to feel normal. But I had a goal. I’m a coach. I have a gym. I must be a product of the product. There is no way to duck out of the process. I hired myself. You must do the same. Hire yourself to fulfill your goal.

Tactical strength training is an incremental process. There must be process or the training won’t work. And if it works, who gets the bragging rights? And who cashes in on the bigger rewards of health and brain function?

Your coach is your guide. Our process includes building the person, the tactics in strength, and the physical development. You may not be an athlete. You do want to roll back your athletic years. That includes good motor function in your muscles. It means flexibility in your joints. And a healthy dose of youthful brain function.

That’s tactics in strength training.

 

American Ninja Warrior astonishment is the result of performance training which encompasses more than what we assume is resistance training.

American Ninjas move their body against gravity.

What about finger tip exercises?

There aren’t any muscles in your finger tips,  To excel in becoming  an American Ninja Warrior you have to make your arms and shoulders strong.

Most adults have weak arms, pecks, and shoulders. People complain about calisthenics because it’s so difficult. Before we get to the end game of calisthenics, we do strength training and work up.

The purpose of training is not just exercise.

Training is mind, body, and soul. If you really want to be strong, that takes training. It’s incremental.

You are always moving, aren’t you? Yes, you are. And if the quality of your movement is contingent on strength and flexibility it will become more dynamic. You must understand you cannot move well unless you are strong, and until you get strong you cannot move well.

This concept puts human movement in the spotlight as a skill that can be sharpened. And you must sharpen it. It’s the outward physical expression of a body well developed. Your opportunities to learn better skills are vested in today’s training using a myriad of exercises that require you to work multiple muscle groups simultaneously.

When you watch ballet, what do you really see? Is it obvious that there is incredible strength behind the movement? You would have to be blind to not notice. Gymnastics is a similar exhibition of skilled movement.

In the vernacular of today’ modern training we are striving to build strength over a range of motion. Are you strong at every degree of extension/flexion of the muscles of your arms, chest, back, hips, legs? If you aren’t then it’s time to consider how this situation may affect your life. Are you over 40? Can you “feel” it? Lifestyle, and neglect of your physical health will obviate the need to learn to move.

You may not be a ballerina or a gymnast. You are a person who can learn to move better. You can train athletically and not be an athlete. You can learn the physiology of movement, even if you are relatively sedentary. If you are the kind of person who goes to the gym multiple times during the week, learning to move properly will propel your progress forward exponentially.

If you train well, build strength and learn to move well you will certainly become aware of your limitations. A invaluable benefit to good training is the awareness of a “weakness” and solutions to mitigate through focused training modalities.

An example might be the pull-up. Few of us can do one full pull-up. It might take a good amount of time to do three, or ten in a row. If you cannot accomplish your first full pull-up there are a few ways to build up the supporting muscles – negatives, pushups with variations, bar work, stretching… Think of this as a cocktail of upper body work focused on arms, chest, back and core muscles. Once you enlarge the picture of the training moment the benefits become evident. You are training, and you are now moving better.

What’s in it for you? Why would you do all this work for a pull-up? The physical goal of your training investment should be to strengthen the mid-line so you are strong, and powerful about all three planes of movement. Whenever you move, you must be able to move. And not only move, accomplish it without injury.

In all conversations about fitness or conditioning, if quality athletic movement isn’t discussed, pick up your back-pack and run. You will be wasting your time. Learn how to move first. How you look, and feel will take care of themselves.

We must learn to move better. There cannot be any higher purpose to training than excellent human movement.